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City Gallery Leicester

Leicester, United Kingdom
Official website: City Gallery Leicester

The City Gallery was the venue for a significant number of exhibitions of work by artists and craftspeople of African, Caribbean and South Asian background, particularly during the course of the 1990s. The City Gallery, located at 90 Granby Street, Leicester closed on 9th January 2010.

It was the opening venue for Frank Bowling: Bowling on Through the Century (11/9/96 - 12/10/96), and was the venue for Origin of End (7/6/02 - 13/7/02).

The City Gallery was also a touring venue for Crossing the Waters (19 January - 1 March 2008). It was first exhibited at Cartwright Hall, before touring to the City Gallery, Leicrester,  The exhibition featured work by Sonia Boyce, Uzo Egonu, Tam Joseph, Isaac Julien, Glenn Ligon, Hew Locke, Chris Ofili, Keith Piper, Ingrid Pollard, Yinka Shonibare, Carrie Mae Weems, and Aubrey Williams. All but two of the artists were of British background; Ligon and Weems were African-American practitioners.

Crossing the Waters was one of a number of exhibitions that took place throughout 2007 as part of Freedom & Culture 2007: The Bicentenary of the Parliamentary Abolition of the Slave Trade. The Foreword to the Crossing the Waters catalogue, by Mark Suggitt, Head of Museums, Galleries & Heritage at Bradford Museums Galleries & Heritage, included references to how the exhibition had come about. Wrote Suggitt, “An interesting fact about Crossing the Waters is that almost all of the works are drawn from the permanent collections of Bradford Museums, Galleries and Heritage. The works were acquired, it must be stressed, because of the artists’ positioning within contemporary British art. However, the Bicentenary provided an intellectual and historical rationale for showing these works as a group, albeit a very diverse one.”

Earlier in his Foreword, Suggitt had stated, “Crossing the Waters makes a significant contribution to Freedom and Culture, a dynamic, year-long, nationwide programme that marks the bicentenary of the Parliamentary Abolition of the Slave Trade in the British Empire. Freedom and Culture has been conceived and directed by Professor Lola Young of Cultural Brokers and Dr Nima Poovaya-Smith of Alchemy.”


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Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1991

click to show details of Frank Bowling | Bowling on Through the Century

»  Frank Bowling | Bowling on Through the Century

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1996

click to show details of Frank Bowling | Comes a Horseman postcard

»  Frank Bowling | Comes a Horseman postcard

Postcard relating to an individual, 1996

click to show details of Ingrid Pollard | Landscape Trauma 2006 - postcard

»  Ingrid Pollard | Landscape Trauma 2006 - postcard

Postcard relating to an exhibition, 2007

click to show details of There is No Redemption/Origin of End

»  There is No Redemption/Origin of End

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 2002

Exhibitions at this venue

People who have appeared at this venue + view all 32

»  Frank Bowling OBE, RA

Born, 1935 - 1937 (probably 1936) in British Guiana (now Guyana) Caribbean/S. America

»  Godfried Donkor

Born, 1964 in Kumasi, Ghana

»  Michael Forbes

Born, 1962

»  Virginia Nimarkoh

Born, 1967 in London, England

»  Johannes Phokela

Born, 1966 in Soweto, South Africa